After eight years of hard-core bass-fishing away from the studio, Shad-Rapp has released “Get That Bass” – the ultimate bass-fishing rap song!
Shad-Rapp is a musical comedy group who makes hilarious parodies of contemporary rap (and some rock) hits, as well as many original tunes. The content of these songs all portray the unique lifestyle of the average outdoorsman, with a humorous twist - in short, it's all about fishing pike, hunting deer, and drinking plenty of beer! So if you can imagine a recent radio rap song, but with lyrics about fightin' ferocious fish and blastin' big bucks, you can imagine Shad-Rapp!
Shad-Rapp started when six of the greatest hunters and fishermen from around the state of Wisconsin came together at a fishing show. After a night of sharing stories and comparing hunting and fishing records, this crew came to be known as Shad-Rapp. Shad Shawalski, Charlie Polska, Byron Sweeny, Earl Crap, Pete VandenBoom, and Al Schlovotchschlovitz began rapping the praises of the hunting, fishing and beer-drinking lifestyles of their fellow Midwesterners. Being that they are all truly avid hunters and fishermen, the guys in Shad-Rapp had plenty of experiences from which to draw material. Many hilarious personality traits of each of the characters can be heard in their three hit CD releases.
Shad-Rapp began in 1994 with the release of their first CD, "Shoot! Der It Is!" This six song CD eventually became quite popular, being aired on radio stations throughout the Midwest. The smash hunting-time hit on this release is the title track "Shoot! Der It Is!" It is a song about Shad-Rapp's adventures during deer hunting season, and how they hunt down an elusive eight-point buck.
But "Shoot! Der It Is!" is by no means the only funny song on the album! Another song that has gained a lot of popularity and radio play is "Ice Fish Baby," a spoof of Vanilla Ice's one-hit wonder. This is the story of Shad Shawalski, the lead vocalist, and his ice fishing endeavors which mix beer drinking and trophy fishing luck on frozen Lake Poygan. Another comical song on the album is "We Want Some Crappie," a crowd participation song that parodies a popular song from Two Live Crew. This song tells Shad's tale of catching the state record crappie. The other three songs are "Up Nort," "Da Fishin' State," and "Baraboo Rap." These are all originals that include many hilarious adventures of the six-man crew in the north woods of Wisconsin.
Blasting off the success of their first release, Shad-Rapp released their second album entitled Double Barrel in 1996. This CD has even more entertaining songs about Shad-Rapp's outdoor excursions! The hit song "Big Bucks" combines an energetic tempo with a comical depiction of Shad's 'buck luck'. Another radio hit is "U Can't Catch Fish." This humorous song tells the tale of how the guys embarrass a 'city boy from Illinois' in a fishing tournament. Shad-Rapp went the extra acre to find perfection in background vocalists as well. Local bait shop worm-girl Janet Planowski accompanies the group in "Bust a Goose" and "It Takes Two (Barrels)."
A song of note, "Beer," a polka-ized version of the Beastie Boys' "Girls," is a sort of pledge of allegiance which Shad-Rapp devotes to beer brewed in their home state of Wisconsin. Like their first album, Double Barrel has its originals as well. "One Pike, Two" is a joint effort between Shad and Byron Sweeney, in which they glorify the fight of the popular Northern Pike. Byron goes solo in "Ya Heyin," where he portrays the typical life of a 'Ya-Hey.' Other great songs include "Shad-Rapper's Delight," "Spear Me a Sturgeon," and "Crimeny Cripes," where one can hear more crazy exaggerations of life on the lakes, in the woods, and in the taverns.
In October of 2000, Shad-Rapp released their third full-length CD, entitled Unlucky Buck! This CD combines a little classic rock influence with Shad-Rapp's usual rappin' style. Like their first two CDs, Unlucky Buck contains half parodies and half originals. The double whammy of "We Will Hunt You" and "We Are Da Hunters" (parodies of Queen's "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions") were the deer hunting hits of 2000!
Hunting fanatics Shad Shawalski and Byron Sweeney team up for a duck hunt rapp in "Mallard". And for all you hunters, Shad goes off on a giant Tom in "Turkey Killer". Another parody, White Bass (a spoof of Grand Master Flash's "White Lines") is the ultimate fishing rapp!
For all you hunters who kill your deer on opening day and have nothing to do but party the rest of the weekend, you can celebrate to Shad-Rapp's ultimate deer-kill celebration jam: "Buck's Worst Nightmare".
Shad-Rapp declared 2008 as the "Year of the Bass" and released their much anticipated single entitled "Get That Bass". This song is another original tune, with a definite hard-core flavor. Shad boasts of his 8-inch purplish-pink power worm, and his love for mounting a nice big bass up against the wall. This song is a must for anyone who has a bass boat outfitted with a CD-player!